Three categories golf etiquette

Whether you are new to the game of golf or a long-standing veteran of the game there are three categories golf etiquette that you need to be aware of, it is not just about you enjoying your round of golf it is also about ensuring that you are aware of other golfers so that they can also enjoy their game too! 

Three categories golf etiquette

For years I have been amazed about how many golfers that play the game are oblivious of what is happening in front of them and also more importantly behind them, they saunter around the golf course unaware that they are holding up hundreds of golfers because of their inconsiderate nature of play – they come off the course thinking I love playing here ‘We never got held up once’ – but the poor golfers stacked up and log-jammed behind them have had a terrible round! Three categories golf etiquette - golfer waiting on tee

The majority of golfers do not even know that tee times are spread out to approx. every 8 minutes, so that leaves very little time to play with especially at open to the public golf courses to keep everyone on time, one late arrival can cause chaos for hours afterwards because a group of golfers were running late, they might have a valid reason but they need to understand that if they are running late they are in danger of losing their tee slot.

Three categories golf etiquette

So here are some suggestions of golf etiquette, the pace of play and also caring for the golf course suggestions:

1. Be considerate of other players on the golf course – must do’s

a) Keep up with the group in front of you at all times, no exceptions

b) Stop shouting and screaming when you are on the golf course, a poorly timed screech can really annoy someone if they hear a scream on the top of their backswing, so be considerate and be aware of what’s happening around you

c) If you find a golf ball when you are playing don’t just pick it up look around and work out that it could have come from another fairway, you could pick up a golf ball that is ‘in play’ for another golfer who is playing in a club competition who is having the round of their year and you have just ruined it – so leave golf balls alone unless they are obviously lost by a golfer hours or days ago!

d) Always make sure the flag is put back in the hole correctly, I have followed golfers on some rounds and all of the flagsticks are just lying on the green – you might be a terrible golfer but don’t spread your lack of talent or knowledge of the game onto other golfers it’s not fair!

e) Turn your mobile phones off – if you need to have your mobile phone on then you shouldn’t be playing golf, or at least put them on silent and be considerate to other golfers and not have your phones on maximum volume and also having a ringtone that plays a rubbish tune, you might think it’s a good tune but no one else thinks so – so turn them off or bugger off!

Three categories golf etiquette

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5 Responses

  1. That’s the idea of these articles to make more golfers aware of the rules and etiquette in golf, hopefully, your playing mates will take heed of the information?

    Bogeys to Birdies

  2. That’s the idea of these articles to make more golfers aware of the rules and etiquette in golf, hopefully, your playing mates will take heed of the information?

    Bogeys to Birdies

  3. Richard Simkin says:

    So many golfers need to read the etiquette and rules of golf, they seem to clog up the golf course when they are sauntering around without a care in the world, I will be sharing this article with a few of my fellow golfing partners for sure!

  4. Hi Joel,

    I must admit that is a pretty good option, all depends on how far you are away from the clubhouse I suppose!

    Cheers for the comment.

    Bogeys to Birdies

  5. JOEL K GOODMAN says:


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